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Posted by Ed Kiser on August 19, 2006 at 21:24:00 from user Kisered.

In Reply to: Re: The Amazons & Schools posted by John Nichols on August 19, 2006 at 19:30:27:

John -

I set the star viewing software for AUG 8 '33.

Sunset and first glimmer of moonrise was about 8:30, but at those lattitudes, the sun takes its time before its glow is really dimmed as it seems to slide along the horizon. It would take some time for the moon to get high enough to provide decent illumination.

At 11pm the full moon has risen well in the south east. By 1am, it is directly to the south.

We know from the story that the window was in moonlight when Dick climbed in for the burglary, but when he came back out, there was a shadow across that side of the house.

This movement of the moon therefore seems to indicate that the facing of this wall with the study window is to the north east to receive the full moonlight as it came up, but later that night, the shadow of the moon from the south is hiding that wall.

I do not claim he spent 2 hours in there, or that he went in at 11 and came out at 1, but it is just that those were the 2 times I selected on the star charter program.

Maybe that will help with the timings.

Ed Kiser, Kentucky

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